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by Linda Howard

Genre: Romantic Suspense, Paranormal

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Howard steps to the shadowy side with a pair of protagonists who can genuinely be called antiheroes. This novel is a character study that explores the intersecting lives of two survivors whose moral compasses are pretty nonfunctional. The hope for redemption plays a key role in this very nontraditional and edgy romantic thriller. The darkest of her books to date, this is quite a different turn for gifted storyteller Howard.

When Drea Rousseau's boyfriend, drug kingpin Rafael Salinas, arbitrarily gives her "services for five hours" to a mysterious assassin, rage and hatred drive her actions.

Although emotions play little role in his life, world-class assassin Simon is intrigued by Drea, who he suspects is more than a pretty face. Drea manages to steal $2 million from Rafael and disappear, but an enraged Rafael hires Simon to track her down.

Simon has mixed emotions about the assignment, but when fate takes a deadly turn, he's forced to confront the possibility of a miracle. (July, 368 pp., $26.00)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Ballantine

Published: July 2008

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Death Angel

Submitted by Jancat on August 5, 2010 - 2:12pm.

This is a good book with a solid plot. There is a little twist. This is a worthy read for those who like a dangerous hero. This book is also introspective in some respects. The characters don't leap before they look. The story makes you think of choices and love and survival.